Sep 11, 2010 12:00pm PDT
of the german marshall fund you'll be hearing from ellen. it is a network of 25 cities, 12 in the u.s., 13 in europe, and oakland is one of those cities, but i, of course, wearing my regional hat, have looked to expand what i have been learning through the network and the opportunities that present themselves to the network and to expand that. and where better to bring a cycling delegation than to the city of san francisco, a city very much on the verge of, i think, turning the tide in favor of cycling where there are 40-some-odd, 43-plus projects waiting in the wings for the environmental lawsuits to come to a close. so it is very exciting to have the opportunity for the delegation to come here, and i think the timely honkly, could not be -- honestly, could not be better. they have spent just over a day in the city of oakland doing a bit of a bike tour, meeting with elected officials there and a community open house last night where we had 80 folks turn out to listen to their talk. the other thing, obviously the public support and the public interest in this issue is alive and well and i
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people, just wonderful people are bringing in plenty of goods, food, water, clothing. but ellen, you're saying the red cross really can't handle all those goods, right? >> that's correct. the red cross really tries to give people immediate needs, meet their immediate needs. and that we do throughputting them up in hotels, purchasing food, clothing, things like that. but we can't take random quantities of these items. so unless you are a major corporation with huge pallets of water to give us, we can't accept water donations. really we're looking for financial donations because then we can put them to the best use. >>> i know the red cross would prefer a generic financial donation. but a lot of folks locally are saying if i donate, i want it to go directly to the san bruno victims. you call them clients, right? >> they are clients, but victimized by this experience. it's a terrible experience, and our hearts go out to them, of course. >> absolutely. so now, if i wanted to give money and make sure it goes to these folks, can i ear mark my donation, saying in care of the san bruno fire?